Above and beyond

If influence is about shaping outcomes, the 10 alumni spotlighted on these pages have achieved remarkable results. Across diverse fields and demanding challenges, they have made a difference through the power of technology, the sure footing of national security, the engine of job creation, the exploration of outer space and earth’s resources — and as builders raising the roof on a better quality of life.

Their achievements differ a great deal, but their paths share a similar arc. As students, they forged their future in Rolla’s classrooms and labs. As leaders, they found their calling at the forefront of their professional fields. As Miners, they raised Missouri S&T’s reputation for excellence. And now, as Alumni of Influence, they have earned the university’s highest honor.

Five years ago, Missouri S&T’s first Alumni of Influence celebration launched a new tradition. That historic gathering in November 2011 marked a milestone as the campus community and alumni nationwide gathered to honor a distinguished group of graduates for their legacy of influence.

The tradition continued this past November, with a gala honoring our 2016 Alumni of Influence. While the group portrait published on page 52 captures the collective spirit of our honorees, it is in their individual stories that we find influence to the power of 10. They are stories about bold moves, better ideas and bootstrapping. They are also stories about big hearts and giving back.  We salute these Miners for the lasting impact of their leadership and service — and we thank them for making the world a better place.

Around the Puck

Pushing the boundaries of space exploration

Space tourism could start in the next  two years, says Jeff Thornburg, AE’96, but it’s going to be expensive.

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EWB completes Guatemala project

After nearly a decade of work, a small Guatemalan village can now count on clean drinking water thanks to the Missouri S&T student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB).

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Homecoming 2017

The Miner Alumni Association honored a select group of alumni during Homecoming for their accomplishments and their devotion to the association, the campus and its students.

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Dissolving electronics

Electronic devices that can not only be implanted in the human body but also completely dissolve on their own — known as “bioresorbable” electronics — are one of medical technology’s next frontiers.

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Automated kiosk speeds travel security

Your wait time at the airport could drop significantly thanks to a new automated security kiosk developed by Nathan Twyman, assistant professor of business and information technology.

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